Jennifer Aniston was one of my favorite television actresses when she was on Friends, but her movies have been somewhat hit or miss for me. I usually like her stuff, but sometimes get the feeling that she keeps rehashing the Rachel Green character over and over. When Rumor Has It came out, there was no question that I would see it; the only question was whether the film would be a hit or miss for me.
The basic premise of Rumor Has It is rather intriguing. It’s set up as sort of a sequel to The Graduate, and thats that specious connection a step further. In the film’s reality, the original author of the book based the story on “real people” in the Pasadena area. The real people of the story, of course, are the characters that populate Rumor Has It.
Aniston plays Sarah Huttinger, whose grandmother (played by Shirley MacLaine was in all likelihood the original Mrs. Robinson. Benjamin Braddock might have been based on Beau Burroughs (Kevin Costner), who now is a dot com millionaire and lives up the coast in San Francisco. Before Sarah can get married to her fiancé Jeff (Mark Ruffalo), she must find out her family’s history (and her own) by tracking down Burroughs and confronting him about his affairs with her mother and grandmother.
(I’ve made the plot sound a bit confusing, but I assure you that the movie is actually pretty easy to follow.)
My Reaction: I’m not big on romantic comedies, but I found that I enjoyed sitting through Rumor Has It. That’s not to say that it was a particularly good film, but it was entertaining in some parts and watchable on the whole. Aniston was at her girl-next-door best, and Shirley MacLaine was outstanding as the grandmother who might have been the original Mrs. Robinson. Heck, even Kevin Costner was charming, and I haven’t liked any of his movies in over a decade!
Yes, Rumor Has It is predictable in many places and the plot is not as tight as it could be. But if you just want a couple hours of laid back entertainment, then this film will serve you well. I give it 3 stars out of 5.